Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Battle of the Bulge by Rick Atkinson - OPTIONAL

Atkinson, Rick Battle of the Bulge, 229 pages.  Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2015.  $20.  

After his look at D-Day, Atkinson tackles explaining the complexities of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in 1944.  The narrative is complex, with many names and countries and troops involved in a dizzy array of small towns.  I had to finally mark all of the maps in the book so that I could remember where the action was taking place and see who was moving where.  The personalities of the players don’t really shine through.  It would have been better if he had focused on just a few people and tell the story around them.  I would only recommend this for your die hard war aficionados.  

MS, HS - OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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